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Frontier Scout (1938)

After fighting in the Civil War, Wild Bill Hickok and Whiney head west to investigate missing cattle herds. There they meet their war buddy Norris who is now in the cattle business. When he... See full summary »

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Mary Ann Norris
Stephen Chase ...
Mort Bennett (as Alden Chase)
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Steve Norris
Jack C. Smith ...
Gen. U.S. Grant (as Jack Smith)
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Jones - Bookkeeper (as Bud Buster)
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Lt. Adams
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Julie
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King - Henchman
Carl Mathews ...
Elliott - Henchman
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After fighting in the Civil War, Wild Bill Hickok and Whiney head west to investigate missing cattle herds. There they meet their war buddy Norris who is now in the cattle business. When he is unable to explain the missing herds, Bill goes into action. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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THE FRONTIER'S 1st SCOUT...Pioneers in a land where guns gave orders. See more »


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16 September 1938 (USA)  »

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This film received its first telecast Sunday 21 April 1940 on New York City's pioneer, and still experimental television station W2XBS. Post WWII televiewers got their first look at it in Cleveland Wednesday 21 January 1948 on freshly launched WEWS (Channel 5). See more »

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Oh, Susanna
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by George Houston
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Doesn't Work Very Well, Despite Potential
22 November 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Although it does have its moments, this B-Western just doesn't work very well, despite some real potential. The story had possibilities, with its combination of historical characters and some fictional settings that promised some action, but the pace is uneven, and it never really seems to fit together very well.

The plot starts by following Wild Bill Hickok in some rather interesting Civil War adventures, and then after the war it takes him west to show his efforts in dealing with a large gang of cattle rustlers. Though it all gets off to a decent start, it ends up managing to be both predictable and implausible at the same time.

George Houston has a little energy in the lead role, and is not all that bad, but you just expect a lot more from a character who is supposed to be Wild Bill Hickok. As his war buddy and sidekick, Fuzzy St. John is all right, but he only gets a couple of chances to do anything interesting.

There are some action scenes that are reasonably entertaining, but they don't really stand out, either. There's nothing exceptionally poor or bothersome about "Frontier Scout", but as you watch it, you keep thinking that there ought to be something more worthwhile to it, yet it just never really gets off the ground.


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